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ONE DEAD. 41 TO GO.
Battle Royale is back. Its time to return to the island and kill your friends, because the cult Japanese movie that defines twisted action and sickening violence is ready to shock you all over again.
In a world where teenagers have no respect and adults are losing control there can be only one solution: Battle Royale! Now, see what happens when you let a high school class loose on an island, arm them and then give them a simple choice... Kill your friends or have them kill you; with poison, cross-bows, machetes and dynamite. Beat Takeshi Kitano (Violent Cop, Zatoichi) is a teacher pushed to the edge by his unruly charges. Kidnapped and gassed, his class wake up with exploding metal rings around their necks. If they rebel, they could lose their heads. Now they have three days and only one is permitted to survive this grisly battle to the death.
Directed by the master of 70s Yakuza thrillers Kinji Fukasaku and featuring Kill Bill star Chiaki Kuriyama, Battle Royale is the movie that helped to define extreme Asian cinema in the 21st Century.
Special Features: INCLUDES MAKING OF, TRAILER + BOOKLET BY JAPANESE CINEMA EXPERT TOM MES AND AN INTERVIEW WITH DIRECTOR KINJI FUKASAKU!
Once the prequel has been dispensed with, the classmates are drugged and awaken on an island where they find they have been fitted with dog collars that monitor their every move. Instructed by their old teacher ("Beat" Takeshi) with the aid of an upbeat MTV-style video, they are told of their fate: after an impartial lottery they have been chosen to fight each other in a three-day, no-rules contest, the "Battle Royale". Their only chance of survival in the "Battle" is through the death of all their classmates. Some pupils embrace their mission with zeal, while others simply give up or try to become peacemakers and revolutionaries. However, the ultimate drive for survival comes from the desire to protect the one you love.
The film looks like a war-flick on occasions, with intense Apocalypse Now-style imagery (check out the classical score blasted over the tannoys with sweeping shots of helicopters). Yet, Battle Royale works on many different levels, highlighting the authorities desperation to enforce law and order and the alienation caused by the generation gap. But whether you view the film as an important social commentary or simply enjoy the adrenalin-fuelled violence, this is set to become cult viewing for the computer game generation and beyond. --Nikki Disney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Bought this for one of our daughters who had seen The Hunger Games and liked the genre.... We watched Battle Royale together and needless to say, she was "well impressed!".Published 1 month ago by Shayman
I watched this as most of my students said it was brilliant - a 'must watch' in their book. All I can say is that they must watch it with the captions off because the dialogue is... Read morePublished 4 months ago by gotta read
watched this when it first came out it was brilliant. then
so wanted to see it again
this is probably where they got the idea for hunger games
just watched it last night.Not seen it for a long time. still superbPublished 5 months ago by old Betsy